Friday, September 24, 2021

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A History of My Brief Body

Situated in the context of other seminal queer texts, these pieces are a “kind of memoir”, Belcourt writes, that “stretch well beyond the boundaries my personal life”.

Lives or livelihoods? What’s the social cost of Covid-19?

We face an awful choice in light of the Covid-19 pandemic: Should we risk the lives of millions of people by reopening economies too soon or risk the livelihood of millions by opening the economy too late?

Regain control with the Red Cross Get Prepared App

As people continue to suffer the mental health effects of the pandemic Red Cross is reminding readers there are things they can do now...

Local Covid-19 testing and vaccination clinics for First Nations people

Walk-in Covid-19 vaccination and testing clinics are open in our area for First Nations people. Free Pfizer vaccines are available for anyone who is Aboriginal...

Volunteers’ News – September 2021

Greetings volunteers and readers to the start of Spring, unofficially on September 1, but really with the Spring Solstice on September 23 this year.

Strikers demand rapid reductions in emissions

Youth movement for climate justice School Strike 4 Climate is once again striking on October 15 to call on the Australian government to “fund...

Religious Australians call on Scott Morrison to do more on climate

Over six hundred people of faith from around Australia have penned hand-written letters calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to do more to protect...

Tearfund Australia launches appeal to offer aid in Afghanistan

International aid agency Tearfund Australia has launched an emergency appeal to support its partners in Afghanistan. Tearfund Australia has been working with its partners on...

Assisting families in Afghanistan – emergency appeal

The scenes unfolding in Afghanistan are heartbreaking. My team and I have been in constant contact with our local partner on the ground. Like...

Afghanistan – Australia, we can do more

I am an Australian Muslim woman with an Afghan heritage. I have lived most of my life in Australia. It has been very difficult...

Counterpoint launches Covid Vax Assist to encourage locals have their shot

Help is at hand for people struggling to book their Covid vaccination as Counterpoint Community Services launches Covid Vax Assist. A dedicated helpline and email address have been set up to assist with questions.

Why aren’t Aussies giving fast fashion the flick?

Australian consumers believe ethical purchasing is important, but are failing to follow through on their own beliefs. While 87 per cent want to change...

Glebe, Waterloo, Redfern and Marrickville residents urged to get vaccinated

Glebe, Waterloo, Redfern and Marrickville are at the centre of a Covid vaccine push – with health officials concerned over low vaccination rates and rising case numbers. Pop-up Covid-19 vaccine clinics are open at Glebe and Green Square / Zetland this week run by Sydney Local Health District.

The Labyrinth

What sets The Labyrinth apart, though, is both the beauty and simplicity of Lohrey’s writing and the magnitude of the tragedy that has caused her narrator, Erica, to flee Sydney for a tiny coastal town.

Australian charities unite to launch disaster relief alliance

When a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in 2015, killing nearly 9,000 people, injuring many more and destroying more than 500,000 homes, the generosity...

Catching and spreading kindness – the children show us how

In a recent article in Australian Educational Leader, researchers outlined their findings from a project inviting children aged 3-5 years to share their thoughts...

Uplifting Sydney images snapped by young photographers

Zoe Morris’s photo “Grumpy Cat”, shot in South Eveleigh, is a finalist in the 3-7 year old category of the Little Sydney Lives photography...

Start-up raises $784,000 for baby resuscitation system

A University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital start-up has raised almost $800,000 in a recent investment round for a paediatric medical device designed to safely resuscitate babies who struggle to begin breathing after birth. 

Grant gets Rainbow Families sports days up and running

Alexandria-based LGBTQ+ support group Rainbow Families has been chosen as a New South Wales winner in the 2021 Active Australia Innovation Challenge run by...

Biggest stumbling block to tackling racism is politics

Racism is being treated as a political issue in Australia rather than a human rights issue, advocates campaigning against Asian hate have said. Jenny Leong...

Free online first aid training for World First Aid Day

Australian Red Cross is offering free online first aid training for World First Aid Day 2021 with Covid-safe skills shared on TikTok to raise...

#ChatStarter helps families build positive mental health in hard times

Worried about your child’s mental health during Sydney’s lockdown? You’re not alone. A new national program, designed in partnership with Australia’s national mental health...

‘The future of kindness is very bright’

The future of kindness in Australia is very bright, according to social researcher Mark McCrindle, with Covid-19 drawing Aussies to demonstrate their kindness and...

Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now

Award-winning author Ellen van Neerven has gathered a bumper crop of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories in Flock.

On the street and online this library helps the homeless

While Martin Place fell into an uncharacteristic quiet during Sydney’s lockdown, Tuesday nights have provided a cheerful contrast. Week in and week out, people...

Covid crisis highlights need for Arts and Creative Industries reform

Across the arts community the impact of Covid-19 is catastrophic. Venues have shut their doors with little or no notice and organisations have been forced to cancel their programs and activities. It's time the Federal Government stepped in with real support.

Indigenous Science Experience goes online for everyone in 2021

Founder of the first ever all Aboriginal boomerang team “Deadly Returns”, Paul Craft-Burragun (Uncle Boomerang), will present a session about Indigenous History and Artefacts...

Waterloo and Redfern Covid-19 vaccination clinics in – walk-ins welcome

From tomorrow (Wednesday August 11, 2021) until Saturday August 14, NSW Health will be providing free AstraZeneca vaccinations in Waterloo and Redfern from 10am...

Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Glebe – walk-ins welcome

So far, Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) has vaccinated more than 1,800 people at its pop-up community clinics since starting last week. From today (August...

Are we ‘third world’ in flattening the Covid curve?

Since March 2020, I have experienced six Covid-19 lockdowns including the big ones in Melbourne and Sydney. In December 2020, I travelled to India...

Fifteen ways to help wildlife

WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc) NSW has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 35 years and is the largest wildlife...

 ‘I hope the book will reach kids like me’

The Boy from the Mish is both a classic coming of age novel and an unusual book.

Slow progress – physical inactivity remains a global pandemic

A new three-paper series in the Lancet, co-led by a University of Sydney academic and featuring University of Sydney authors, reveals that since the 2016 Olympics worldwide progress to improve physical activity has stalled with deaths associated with inactivity still at more than five million per year.

Celebrating together through and beyond Covid

At this time of lockdown, the notion of celebration seems far off. Recent celebrations for NAIDOC week, have however highlighted the power of celebration...

Mural in Waterloo honours Eileen O’Connor’s work with the poor

The primary school and church in Waterloo which played an influential role in the childhood of the woman expected to become Australia’s next saint...

Local learning leader nominated for HESTA award

PADDINGTON: Natalie Cordukes, director of Paddington Children’s Centre (Uniting), has been nominated for a HESTA award for her robust leadership on reconciliation, which has...

Volunteers’ News – August 2021

The NSW government has announced a new date for the local government elections – Saturday December 4. iVote (electronic voting) will be available for the first time ...

Rethink Year 12 return – an open letter to the NSW...

Since the NSW government’s announcement that HSC students and school staff would return to school on August 16, the Independent Education Union of Australia,...

The Tale of the Whale

If you want to motivate your kids (aged 4 and up) to be eco activists – try The Tale of the Whale. It’s a clarion call to us all to think about our oceans and their creatures and to stop our seas being the garbage tips for our over-indulgent lifestyles.

Write to the PM on climate action

The Prime Minister continues to spin Australia’s emissions reductions as “meeting and beating our targets” and achieving “more than most other similar economies”. Evidence...

FAST action can aid stroke sufferers

With one stroke every nine minutes, strokes are the leading cause of disability in Australia and the third most common cause of death, affecting...

Pandemics and Deadly Science feature as festival goes digital

A global biosecurity expert, a virus research director, an investigator into the origins of Covid-19 and physician, journalist and broadcaster Norman Swan will discuss Pandemics: Past,...

Help Sydney Food Share assist people doing it tough during lockdown

The extension of this latest Covid-related lockdown has meant many vulnerable people in Greater Sydney are doing it tough. Sydney Food Share’s (SFS) committed volunteers...

The Boy from the Mish

The Boy from the Mish is both a classic coming of age novel and an unusual book.

Kinchela boys reclaim their education

A landmark literacy program run by TAFE NSW is helping Uncles from Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation in Redfern reclaim their education.   Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal...

Get reading for a good cause, kids!

More than 40,000 Aussie kids are expected to read for a good cause in August by participating in the annual MS Readathon. Now in its...

Don’t just smile and call me cute

Take another look. There’s so much more to me than meets the eye. I am two and a bit and a busy human being. I’m an...

New mental health support group comes to South Sydney

Mental health organisation Grow has opened a Tuesday morning group in Redfern-Waterloo to provide friendly peer support in South Sydney. Mental health experts agree that...

Covid-19 is not a western Sydney problem

An emerging narrative typifying Covid-19 as a “western Sydney problem” is undermining the pressing need for collaborative action.

Heal Country! calls us all to connect, respect and redress

It’s NAIDOC week and the theme Heal Country! calls for all of us to continue to “seek greater protections for our lands, our waters,...

Volunteers’ News – July 2021

Well, my dears, here we are again in lockdown or Stay at Home, as the premier is now calling it. This time it is...

Recycling robot could help solve soft plastic waste crisis

Despite an improvement in plastic recycling in recent years, landfill is a growing issue. Soft plastics like cling wrap and plastic bags are a major contributor to the problem, with 94 percent going to landfill in 2016-17.